Stumped for a gift for the gardener in your family? A mushroom growing kit should keep him or her happy through the winter, and it can put food on the table. You can grow shitakes, portabellas, oysters and a new one called Hantana Pearl. Kids will love watching the mushrooms grow and you never know... you may even get them to have a taste.
The Cook's Garden is one of my favorite on-line sources for seeds and plants, and they also sell kits for growing portabellas and shitakes for $34.95. Order now because last year they sold out.
The Imaginary Farmer , a mushroom grower in Hamilton, NY grows mushrooms for local restaurants and sells them at the local farmers market. Owen Tallman also sells three different types of kits for the home farmer. The Ready-to-Pop kit is easy and kid-friendly. You just make a slit in the plastic bag, mist the growing medium, sit back and wait. If you want to do a little more work, try the Grow-it-Yourself kit. You get to mix the growing medium and the mushroom spores. The Hantana Pearl Grow kit takes it to another level, and you get an education in mushrooms and what it takes to grow them. Kits run from $15 to $25.
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